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Friday, 4 May 2007

"A deep, almost visceral love..."

It is as difficult to generalise about an anthology of Caribbean poetry as it is about the region itself, for as we know, this archipelago of islands and mainland territories is immensely varied and never predictable. And this is the case, too, with this collection, which displays a vast range of voices, moods and techniques. But if one recurring theme seems to run through the works, it is probably a deep, almost visceral love for the landscapes of the Caribbean, a fierce and nostalgic longing for the place which many regard as home.

-- James Ferguson, writing about The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse in the May/June 2007 issue of Caribbean Beat. (Read Nicholas Laughlin's review of the OBCV in the November 2005 CRB.)

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